The prime minister’s chief aide Dominic Cummings is facing fresh allegations that he breached lockdown rules.
He and the government said he acted “reasonably and legally” by driving from London to Durham with his wife and young son to be near relatives when she developed coronavirus symptoms in case they needed help with childcare.
But the Observer and Sunday Mirror now claim he was seen in the North East twice more, including once after he had returned to work in London.
Downing Street says the story is “inaccurate”.
The two newspapers say witnesses reported seeing Cummings in Barnard Castle, more than 25 miles from Durham, on 12 April and in Houghall Woods near Durham on 19 April.
Cummings, who was photographed in London on 14 April, is yet to respond to the new claims, but the Sunday Telegraph reports that he told Downing Street the allegations that he made a second trip from London to Durham were “totally false”.